Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Macron, Merkel vow to give Europe a new impetus

Macron, Merkel vow to give Europe a new impetus

President Emmanuel Macron rejected sharing existing euro-area debt among member states and pledged to implement economic reform in his home country as he sought to revive the French-German partnership during his first official meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking alongside France's new President Emmanuel Macron, who made his first official trip overseas to Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said the two countries agreed to work closely on a "road map" of reforms to make the European Union and the Eurozone stronger in the coming years.

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, chairs EU summits as head of the European Council, which groups the national governments of the 28-member bloc.

But the proposals have sent alarm bells ringing in Berlin, and initial relief about his victory against far-right leader Marine Le Pen have also given way to fears about his reform plans.

Ms. Merkel and her government have always been skeptical of proposals to pool more resources, believing that sharing eurozone money could let countries off the hook when it comes to balancing their budgets and making necessary reforms.

Merkel's declaration that she is open to major changes in the union is a sign that she is aware of the rise in populism - especially the right-wing Alternative for German Party - and the need for a shake-up of her beloved EU.

Germany's Social Democrats aim to win back working-class voters by promising to increase inheritance tax for the rich and abolish a flat-rate tax on investment income, a draft of its election manifesto seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

Macron spoke alongside Merkel at a news conference in Berlin on May 15, hours after he named conservative politician Edouard Philippe as his prime minister.

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Baroin reacted sharply to a suggestion that Macron, a 39-year-old ex-banker who served briefly as economy minister in a Socialist government, was reshaping politics.

Macron's charm offensive went beyond symbolism, on Monday he appointed France's former Ambassador to Germany, as his diplomatic adviser.

Fuchs said Macron, who defeated populist candidate Marine Le Pen on May 7, will be a stronger advocate of European Union integration than his predecessor, Francois Hollande.

Like Macron, Philippe is a product of France's elite ENA college who once worked in the private sector and has little truck with the country's fraying left-right divide. Alain Juppe, a former prime minister, called Philippe "a man of great talent" with "all the qualities to handle the hard job". He added that this would have to be done through "convergence rules and real structural reforms".

Mayor of his hometown of Le Havre, the German-speaking father of three, who writes crime novels in his spare time, was elected to parliament in 2012.

Juppe on Monday praised him as "a very talented man".

Some in the party have argued in favour of an alliance with Macron.

While some in the Republicans fumed at Philippe's appointment, seeing it as a betrayal, others urged the party to accept Macron's "outstretched hand".

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